September 15th, 2015, 9:30 AM by Goddess

Every company and probably every person I know loves a good to-do list. We have daily meetings that offer a ceremonial reading of them.

I never mention the important things. I just talk about my tasks. The shit people care about if it isn’t done. The stuff that according to Quartz.com

… isn’t important. People seldom write their biggest priorities on a to-do list. The very act of keeping a to-do list encourages you to fritter your attention away on inconsequential things. I would never include “Write a book” or “Spend time with the children” on my list.”

The article suggests we manage our attention, rather than manage our time. Otherwise, in life’s information buffet, we will choose to consume EVERYTHING instead of only what feeds our minds, souls and careers.

Read it. And, like me, probably weep: To Get the Most Out of Your Day, Manage Your Attention, Not Your Time


September 1st, 2015, 8:32 AM by Goddess

Stuck in the Career Comfort Zone? 4 Ways to Tell When it’s time to Make a Job Jump

My metric is simply, “Leave before they ask you to.”

Judging by this article, and by my long work history, the moment you realize you’re content (for you, as the state of being content varies among all of us) is the time to get the F out of Dodge.

That thing where …

August 19th, 2015, 12:28 PM by Goddess

People take lunches and vacations and leave at 4:59 p.m. and then ask you to do things for them that were due days earlier.


August 13th, 2015, 9:16 AM by Goddess

I joined a company a long time ago. It was basically the founders and their longtime helpers. And then I came in as part of the next generation.  

My pedigree was pretty good. But I always had that feeling that because I wasn’t part of the original crew, I was somehow “lesser than.”

They had an ownership stake. I didn’t. But I worked like I did.  I can’t say I saw the same effort from them. 

 I see a guy I met back in those days and he said he remembered how early/late I was always there. Even on weekends. 

My friend wondered why the business failed, when so many of us worked so hard to support it. 

What he didn’t realize is the founders were so burned out, they weren’t involved. Well, unless it was to gum up the works and throw around authority in an attempt to make the fresher blood as crazy (I’ll call it burned out to be nice) as they were. 

I got my chance eventually to be on the ground floor of something. Punched a clock for an awful long time. And by punching a clock, I mean throwing my alarm across the room at 5 a.m. every day because I had to make the donuts. Again. And again. 

While I would never end up the way the original crew did, I see myself and my original mouseketeers heading there.

I mean, not in a “positive drug test means you passed!” kind of way. 
But  rather, wanting to chill a little. Get some distance, some perspective. Put a new wick in the neverending ball of wax. 

Alas, an unimaginable luxury at this stage. 

She works (too) hard for the money

August 12th, 2015, 1:24 PM by Goddess

If I see one more person taking 1 to 2 (or given my affluent circle, 4 to 6) weeks off, I’m gonna line them all up and kick them in the nuts. 

Things are a little slow right now. It’s a function of summer doldrums, the supervisory problem being shifted and general “my vacation happens in half-hour bursts in my head.”

I am generally happy. I just feel left out of the “fun” part of life. And it doesn’t bypass my conscience that my “not terribly busy” is most others’ “ermagerd soooo swamped” state. 

Of course if I were free to do whatever, I’d probably have a meltdown of a different sort post-restraint-gnawing.